Roulette is the leading lady in the casino when it comes to the movies and it lends itself incredibly well to the silver screen. Glamorous and alluring, the spin of the wheel heightens the senses and adds to the suspense and mystery of the many scenes it steals. So let’s have a look at some of the films where the Roulette wheel has taken centre stage:
An absolute classic film from 1942 hailed by many as the best film ever made, Casablanca features a pivotal scene where a young couple trying to flee a corrupt official and start a new life in America decide to gamble everything they have on a spin on the Roulette wheel, moved by their plight Rick (the film’s main protagonist) fixes the wheel in their favour ensuring that they win on number 22, allowing them to leave and start their new life.
Diamonds are Forever
A list of movies that feature Roulette just wouldn’t be complete without a James Bond film. In Diamonds are Forever Bond, on the trail of diamond smugglers, ends up in a Las Vegas casino where he plays and naturally wins (James Bond never loses) at Roulette.
This 1993 movie features a newly-wed couple who blow their entire life savings on the Roulette wheel, this leads to a billionaire played by Robert Redford making them the Indecent Proposal in the title of the movie.
Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run is a German film from 1998 featuring a woman who must gamble in order to stop her boyfriend being murdered, the films finale hinges on Lola spinning the Roulette wheel, she has an interesting strategy to tilt the odds in her favour, but does she win?
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Starring the legendary Michael Cain and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features two con men who work together to steal tens of thousands of dollars from French casinos. In one of the best scenes from the movie the men play a game of Roulette against themselves and other players.